Mahatma Gandhi once said, “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him… We need not wait to see what others do.”
Sheila Pree Bright’s Instagram campaign holds a similar sentiment: 1960Now | A Campaign for Change | Atlanta What Do You Bring to Make Change?
Bright, a fine-art photographer described as a ‘cultural anthropologist’ is well known for her work being potently pertinent to the present. For the past few weeks Bright has been on the streets of Atlanta photographing people in their everyday environment and asking, 'what are you doing to make your world – right here, right now – a better place?' Here’s a sample of what people are saying:
Bright’s work is a perfect fit, then, for this year’s Flux Night with the theme – DREAM – inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr. And, Martin Luther King Jr., was in turn inspired by Gandhi - indeed, the King Center pays tribute to Gandhi's work in their 'Gandhi Room,' and a statue of Gandhi greets visitors at the Irwin Street entrance of the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site.
So in the spirit of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Shelia Pree Bright, and the everyday people Bright is photographing on the streets of the US for her 1960Now series – bring it, Atlanta, and be the change…